A 17-year-old male from Story County is being criminally charged as an adult after he and another student allegedly assaulted a wrestling teammate during a hazing incident.
According to Story County Sheriff’s Office Captain Nicholas Lennie, 17-year-old Kade Blume was taken into custody Monday after a criminal investigation that lasted over six months and included interviews with a victim, a witness, and the two subjects. “On April 22, we received a tip about an alleged hazing incident from some high school wrestlers up in the Roland-Story School District,” Lennie said. “Upon following up, we learned that the victim was assaulted by two individuals. One of them [Blume] is being charged as an adult.”
Lennie told StoryCounty.News that Blume was 16 years old at the time of the assault, which occurred on January 1, according to court documents. The other suspect, who was 15 years old at the time, is being charged for the assault as a juvenile referral. His name is not being released by authorities.
The individuals involved in the hazing incident were reportedly teammates on the Roland-Story High School wrestling team. Blume is a two-time state champion, winning the Class 2A title at 106 pounds in 2021 and 113 pounds earlier this year.
According to a sheriff’s office press release, Blume is accused of stripping off the victim’s clothes and using a pencil to assault him. The crime took place at the victim’s Roland home, according to Lennie.
Blume has been charged with Assault – Penetration of Genitalia or Anus with Object, a class “C” felony.
Lennie noted that although hazing and initiations occur somewhat frequently among high school athletes, rarely do situations become this extreme. “This is not common,” Lennie acknowledged. “Hazing is somewhat subjective on how it’s defined. It could just be defined as bullying, as well.”
After being booked at the Story County Jail, Blume was transported to the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Eldora. He has since been released under pretrial supervision.
According to court documents, he is set to appear for a preliminary hearing Monday, November 28 at 1:00 p.m.